• Halema`uma`u Just Before Dawn

    Hawai'i Volcanoes

    National Park Hawai'i

What's Going on With the Volcano?

July 24, 2014

The eruption of Kīlauea volcano continues from two locations. In the park, the summit eruption of Kīlauea within Halema'uma'u Crater continues to offer the best, safest, and easiest eruption viewing. The second location originates from the Pu'u 'Ō'ō vent in the remote east rift zone. This area is highly unstable and dangerous and is not accessible by the public, (see "East Rift Zone Vents" below). No lava is currently flowing into or towards the ocean.
Halema‘uma‘u lights the morning sky

Halema‘uma‘u Lights the Morning Sky - Photo taken from the overlook by the Volcano House on January 30, 2014 @ 6:25 a.m. - Click for full size image

NPS Photo

Fumes and glow from the summit vent – resulting from a lava lake deep within Halema'uma'u Crater – may be seen from the overlook at Jaggar Museum in the national park, and other vantage points along the Kīlauea caldera rim that provide views of Halema'uma'u Crater.

During the day a robust plume of volcanic gas is a constant and dramatic reminder of the molten rock churning in a lava lake within the crater. After sunset, Halema'uma'u continues to thrill visitors and park staff with a vivid glow that illuminates the clouds and plume as it billows into the night sky (weather permitting).

Park rangers are on duty at the Jaggar Museum to assist the many visitors drawn to Halema'uma'u, which has been erupting consistently within the crater since March 2008.

Halemaʻumaʻu web cam (opens in new window).

July 18, 2014 - USGS lava flow map

July 18, 2014 Lava Flow Map - click image for full size map

Courtesy USGS - Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

East rift zone vents: Map showing the "June 27 breakout" flow at Puʻu ʻŌʻō in Kīlauea's East Rift Zone. The area of the new flow as mapped on June 30 is shown in pink, while widening of the flow as July 18 is shown in red. Older lava flows are distinguished by color: episodes 1–48b flows (1983–1986) are shown in gray; episodes 48c–49 flows (1986–1992) are yellow; episodes 50–55 flows (1992–2007) are tan; episodes 58–60 flows (2007–2011) are pale orange; the 2011–2013 episode 61 flows are very light tan; and the 2013–2014 Kahaualeʻa flows are reddish orange.

Please note: the current surface flows are outside the national park in a remote, unstable area that is closed to the public.

Currently there is no lava visible from the County of Hawai‘i Kalapana lava viewing area, however, there are reports that glow from the flows above are sometimes visible from this location.

The Kalapana public viewing area is outside of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park on the other side of the flow fields and is managed by Hawaiʻi County. There is no fee to enter the viewing area. Currently the viewing area is open daily from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with the last vehicle allowed in at 8:00 p.m. To hear a recorded message of updated viewing conditions, call 808-961-8093.

Map to the Kalapana public viewing area (pdf-469KB)

County of Hawai'i Press Release - Kalapana Lava Viewing Area Remains Free - Feb 12,2013 (pdf-169KB)

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Kalapana parking area

NPS Photo - 12/5/2012

The end of Highway 130 at Kalapana.

Park here and hike the short distance to the public viewing area.


The lava lakes in the Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater and Halemaʻumaʻu crater, as well as other views may be viewed on webcameras made available by the scientists at USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Daily updates by staff that monitor Hawaiʻi's volcanoes provide visitors with the most recent observations on volcanic conditions.

Halema`uma`u vent - June 2, 2011 - web cam view

Webcam view of the lava lake within the summit vent in Halemaʻumaʻu on June  2, 2011.

USGS Webcamera

Links to More Information:

USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
Scientist's Daily Updates
Air Quality Monitors
Earthquakes - Hawaiʻi
Earthquakes - Worldwide


If you are interested in more information about the Kīlauea east rift zone, we invite you to watch the video cast of USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geophysicist Mike Poland from our After Dark in the Park presentation on August 23, 2011. Mike discusses the volcanic history of the area. It's one hour in length and can be viewed here

Pu`u `O`o view from Pu`u Huluhulu before the collapse
Scott Rowland of The University of Hawaiʻi captured this shot of Puʻu ʻŌʻō from the Puʻu Huluhulu lookout the evening before Puʻu ʻŌʻō collapsed and the west flank eruption began on August 3rd 2011.


The following links are to NPS informative posters regarding the Kamoamoa eruption.

March 5, 2011: New Changes in the Eruption of Kīlauea (pdf-604KB)
March 9, 2011: Dynamic Forces Transform the Landscape (pdf-663KB)

Did You Know?

Glowing, reddish-orange lava flowing on the surface at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park

Kīlauea Volcano has erupted lava almost continuously from its east rift zone since 1983. These lava flows have added about 500 acres of new land to the southern shore of Kīlauea and covered 8.7 miles (14 km) of highway with lava as deep as 115 feet (35 m). More...